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Testosterone Level and Doctor


Hello, I posted a thread in this section of the forum not to long ago. I'm sure you can look it up under my user name if you think it is relevant to this discussion.

Anyways, I had blood work done not to long ago because I suffer from treatment refractory headaches and in the blood work, my neurologist tested for testosterone and the number was 339 on a scale of 300-800. It's technically not in the 'danger zone' according to the scale but I was concerned that is was low for someone my age (I'm 21 years old). I don't think the test is age-adjusted.

I asked my General practitioner initially about the test (he wasn't the guy who ordered the test) and he refused to put my on any sort of testosterone therapy. I was kind of irritated.

Anyways, I ended up visiting my neurologist (the guy who actually ordered the test) about a week ago and I mentioned it to him and to my surprise he agreed that it was a concern, even though it wasn't deficient according to the lab scale. He did say, however, that he has never treated anyone with testosterone if they were still in the normal part of the scale.

So he gave me an option. 1. To boost my medication for my severe migraines I get on a daily basis. or 2. Do something about my fatigue/energy problem, which he thinks could have been resolved by the testosterone.

I took option 1, because I literally cannot function with my severe headaches and getting them under control could possibly mean that I will actually be able to go back to working out like I was before I got sick. I thought he was going to put me on a drastically different treatment plan, but he said instead that he will boost my topamax medication by 50 mg and to see him in two months...

Now, at the time I wasn't very lucid because I had a debilitating headache (like I always do) and was vomiting in the room, so all I cared about was getting the hell out of there. But now I have had time to think about it and I realize that I'm not going to be able to just wait a whole two months when I know full well that increasing a medication that I have been on for 6 months now isn't going to decrease my headaches when it hasn't done shit so far.

My question is what do I do now? Do I go back to his office tomorrow and basically demand treatment for my testosterone? Or is there a better way of doing this? He showed receptiveness to the idea, but I simply can't last another two months when I could get this treated now.

In your opinion is it imperative to get testosterone treated asap, if it is at my level of 339. Would I notice the effects and be able to get my life back?

Thanks for the help


In addition, when he asked me if I had any problems with my libido I said I didn't think so, but I forgot to mention to him that I was on viagra (perscribed by my psychiatrist) when I was around 19-20 years old.

Is this something that I should tell him and is it correlated with low testosterone?


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